Mulled sloe gin cocktail

We’re home in Amsterdam for Christmas and have been enjoying our homemade sloe gin! Sloe gin cocktails are a great way to make the gin last longer (sloe gin in flutes, topped up with champagne), but as it’s freezing outside we thought we’d try a warming version instead. We’ve tried a few different recipes, but this is definitely the favourite. The apple and sloe gin combination is a bit sweet and sour, and strangely tastes a little like rhubarb. So I guess I hope you like rhubarb?

You will need:

  • Sloe gin
  • Cloudy apple juice
  • 50 ml Sipsmith sloe gin
  • knob of unsalted butter
  • sugar to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, a few star anise and cloves


Combine the gin and apple juice (you’ll want about 1 part gin to 4 parts apple juice) in a pan on a low heat, and simmer gently (you don’t want it to boil or you’ll lose the alcohol!). Stir in the butter, sugar, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves for a few minutes, then serve hot! You could also add a vanilla pod (cut down the middle) if you have one at hand.